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Adam Brand

Adam Brand is one of Australia’s most popular and successful recording artists. In a career spanning twenty years he has sold more than 600,000 albums, won innumerable awards and built a large and loyal following that any recording artist would envy.
 
Twenty years is a long time to sustain a successful recording career. It should be respected and celebrated. So on July 13, 2018, exactly twenty years to the day since the release of Brand’s self-titled debut, ABC Music released Milestones…20 Years, a carefully curated collection of Brand’s greatest hits plus two new songs recorded exclusively for the project.
 
It’s 1997 and Adam Brand is living in the suburbs of Perth running a small business by day and singing in a country covers band a few nights a week. He had been turned on to country music when he stumbled across Boy Howdy, an American country band featuring Jeffrey Steele.
 
He records a demo with Martin Jenner, the brilliant but underrated guitar player (Everly Brothers, Ralph McTell, Cliff Richard) and drives solo across the Nullarbor in his XF Falcon ute to the Tamworth Country Music Festival where he busks on Peel Street, sneaks into a Troy Cassar Daley concert and hands out his demo to unsuspecting passers by.
 
From Tamworth he heads to Sydney to track down Melinda Schneider, a childhood friend who introduces him to Graham Thompson, then Creative Manager at Rondor Music, the publishing arm of A&M Records.
 
“That was a significant fork in the road,” reflects Adam. “Who knows what would have happened if I’d gone straight home to Perth. Graham listened to my demo’s, told me I could be the next James Blundell and offered me a publishing deal with Rondor.”
 
Adam signed to Rondor and soon settled in Sydney. Songs were written, demo’s recorded and an offer of a recording contract eventuated from Warren Fahey at Festival Records.
 
“I’m convinced that Warren signed Adam to Festival because of FMO – fear of missing out,” remembers Graham. “ABC Music were the dominant country label and Warren wanted to get in on it. I happened to sit next to him at a CMAA event in Sydney in 1997. People were saying nice things about Adam at the time but no one was jumping to sign him. I bent the truth a little about interest from other labels and he became very excited. The following Monday he sent us an agreement.”
 
Adam Brand’s self-titled debut album was released by Festival Records on July 13, 1998. The first single from the album ‘Last Man Standing’ became an instant radio hit and CMT (Country Music Television), who were serendipitously launching in Australia around the same time, saw the newcomer as a perfect fit for their target demographic.
 
Dirt Track Cowboys followed. It sounded fresh on the radio… riff driven country rock that featured a race call by Wade Aunger from Parramatta Speedway in place of a guitar solo. And it opened the door to a whole new audience: Revheads.
 
Brand developed a reputation as the hardest working artist in country music. Not content to sit around waiting for the world to make him famous, he and Thompson, who had by this time become his manager, drove from Far North Queensland to Western Victoria playing at schools and record stores. They visited every radio station, country music club and event promoter along the way. Album sales built steadily and the hard work didn’t go unnoticed.
 
Adam’s big break came at the 1999 CMAA Country Music Awards when he won three Golden Guitars: New Talent of the Year, APRA Song of the Year (Last Man Standing) and Video of the Year. It was unprecedented for the winner of New Talent of the Year to win any other award in the same year, let alone the prestigious APRA Song of the Year.
 
The big ball was rolling. Appearances followed on Hey Hey it’s Saturday, Good Morning Australia and others. Tours sold out quickly. Major festivals offered prime time spots and decent money. The record company and booking agency had a bona fide star who was willing to work hard. By September 1999 the debut album was certified gold and Adam had become one of Festival Records’ highest selling artists.
 
So what was it about this debutant from the suburbs of Perth who created such a stir in an industry in need of a shot in the arm?
 
Adam Brand’s songs resonated as much with people from the suburbs as they did with those from regional and rural Australia. He was a supreme live entertainer. But the real key to Adam’s popularity was that he conjured up different feelings in different people that were not mutually exclusive and worked to his advantage.
 
Young men related to him because he was a knockabout kind of bloke - down to earth, good natured and sang about cars and partying. Families liked him because he was down to earth, good natured and sang about family and friends. And to young women he exuded a sexual energy that they were attracted to but it was not so blatant that their boyfriends hated him. In fact their boyfriends liked him too for all the other reasons.
 
The debut album was followed in February 2000 with Good Friends. It built on the themes of the debut album and spawned numerous career songs: Good Friends, The Good Things In Life, I Did What?, Beating Around The Bush and You’re A Revhead. The singles were hits and the album won three more Golden Guitars - this time the three most prestigious: Album of the Year, APRA Song of the Year (Good Things In Life) and Male Artist of the Year.
 
And the big ball kept on rolling.
 
These remarkable early achievements set the pattern for a career that hasn’t waned in twenty years. They are the first chapters in the story of a gifted and much loved artist and his twelve studio albums, five gold albums, three platinum albums, four ARIA nominations, seven CMC OZ Artist of the Year awards and twelve Golden Guitars to date.
 
Subsequent chapters include an American record deal, touring with Taylor Swift, winning Dancing with the Stars and more. And it’s still being written, and it’s still going strong.
 
Milestones…20 Years marks the celebration of an outstanding career. It’s a collection of Adam’s greatest work to date plus two new songs: the reflective title track ‘Milestones’ and a foot stomping party anthem ‘Party Down Under’. Both were written with his “Outlaw” buddies Drew McAlister and Mike Carr and produced by Graham Thompson. It also includes an out take from the ‘Built For Speed’ album – a previously unreleased version of the Randy Travis classic ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ as well as ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Hard Times’ from Adam’s first demo session with Martin Jenner. And Sherriff Bullfrog – a song that Adam has long considered a lost classic held under wraps for twenty years by doubters and naysayers - finally gets it’s day in the sun.
 
 
Discography:
Adam Brand (1998)
Good Friends (2000)
Built For Speed (2002)
Get Loud (2004)
What a Life (2006)
Blame It On Eve (2008)
Hell Of A Ride(2009)
It's Gonna Be Ok (2010)
There Will Be Love (2012)
My Acoustic Diary (2013)
My Side of the Street (2014)
Get On Your Feet (2017)
Milestones...20 Years (2018)

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Four of Australia’s finest singers together on the stage of the Sydney Opera House, in a soaring program that blends the exuberance of the great stage musicals with the passion of grand opera.From Puccini to Rodgers & Hammerstein, from Bizet to Gershwin and from Verdi to Cole Porter, From Broadway to La Scala is a unique concert experience showcasing many of the greatest songs, arias and duets of the last two centuries.Renowned for their charisma, stagecraft and musical versatility, tenor David Hobson and bass baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes join musical theatre star Lisa McCune and the breathtaking soprano Greta Bradman in seamless blend of classical elegance and theatrical glamour.This deluxe edition also includes a special CD album of highlights from the show, recorded in the studio along with three additional tracks: Bring Him Home, Oh What a Beautiful Morning and Nella fantasia.Featuring favourite tunes from:West Side StoryMy Fair LadyCarmenThe Barber of SevilleThe Sound of MusicSouth PacificThe Phantom of the OperaThe Pearl FishersKiss Me KateCrazy for YouCarouselThe King and IGRETA BRADMAN | DAVID HOBSON | LISA McCUNE | TEDDY TAHU RHODESOpera Australia OrchestraVanessa Scammell Musical DirectorTyran Parke Stage DirectorPhil Bathols and Andrew McKinnon ProducersLive show touring nationally November to December 2017 | frombroadwaytolascala.com.au
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returned to the iconic Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in 2017 for its 68th season as it celebrated Splash of Tartan. ABC Classics is proud to announce the Australian release of the Splash of Tartan DVD filmed live from Edinburgh.Welcoming a cast of more than 1,200 performers from all points of the compass, including over 250 pipers and drummers, five United Kingdom military bands drawn from across the three Services, as well as plenty of other surprises along the way – The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the greatest shows on earth!This year’s programme paid rich tribute to the UK’s maritime heritage and the Royal Navy in this special year, with HMS Queen Elizabeth now on sea trials and HMS Prince of Wales in build.Also encompassing Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the 2017 Tattoo reflected on Scotland’s links across the globe and showcased some of its finest musical traditions with outstanding performances from the Tattoo Dance Company and the Hjaltibonhoga – The Shetland Fiddlers.Joined by acts from France, the United States, India, and – for the first time ever – Japan, the 68th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, brought cast and audience from all over the world together to celebrate another extraordinary year.
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The Sydney-via-Brisbane gents have clearly been busy since their 2015 release Come Back All Is Forgiven, which fans waited 16 years for. The Common Touch, far from sounding like a hasty sequel, is a highly polished and expansive affair that explores diverse themes, and is replete with adventurous arrangements.Featuring the classic lineup of frontman David McCormack, drummer Glenn Thompson, bass player Paul Medew and guitarist Matthew Strong, the album was recorded in Leichhardt, Botany and Bexley, mixed in Marrickville and mastered in Ventura California.Says McCormack: “I wrote all my songs for the album in November and December 2016 in a small room in Bexley with only one window. The window faced east. There was not much to look at so lyrically I focused on the tiny little things (a photograph in a drawer/“get well” cards) and the massive big things (the universe/existence/death).“Come Back All Is Forgiven was the sound of us playing together in a small room, minimal overdubs. The new album has cello, pedal steel, piano and a variety of backing singers. Some of the tunes were cut up and stitched back together in ways I never thought possible.”When mixing the album, Thompson realised “…it was truly an evolutionary leap for the band, while still somehow managing to sound exactly the same as before.”
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triple j’s much-loved Like A Version series returns with its 13th volume – featuring a host of local and international artists covering their favourite tunes, aired on triple j brekky with hosts Ben and Liam.This year’s double album features a collection of 38 tracks including DMA’s covering Cher’s ‘Believe’, Holy Holy’s interpretation of Beyonce’s hit ‘Hold Up’ and awesome cover versions from Amy Shark Flume, Alex Lahey, Polish Club, A.B. Original, HAIM and heaps more!Track Listing:CD 1:1. DMA’S – Believe 2. Northeast Party House – Redbone3. HAIM – That Don’t Impress Me Much4. Holy Holy – Hold Up5. Flume – My Boo {Ft. Vince Staples, Kučka, Ngaiire & Vera Blue}6. The Jezabels – If You Go7. Matt Corby – Chains8. Slumberjack – Paperplanes {Ft. K.Flay}9. Violent Soho – Lazy Eye10. Glass Animals – Crazy11. Vallis Alps – New Slang 12. Horrorshow – No Aphrodisiac13. Camp Cope – Maps14. Paul Dempsey – Edge Of Town15. Milky Chance – Like A Bird16. Maggie Rogers – Say Something Loving17. M-Phazes – Weathered {Ft. Ruel}18. PUP – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore19. Alex Lahey – Torn20. Julia Jacklin – SomedayCD 2:1. A.B. Original – Dumb Things {Ft. Paul Kelly}2. Elk Road – Crave You / The Less I Know The Better {Ft. Lisa Mitchell}3. Amy Shark – Miss You Love4. Kingswood – Say My Name5. Ta-ku – Leave (Get Out) {Ft. Wafia}6. Bishop Briggs – Monday7. Polish Club – Never Be Like You8. sleepmakeswaves – Children 9. Emma Louise – Into My Arms10. Margaret Glaspy – Let Me Love You11. Ásgeir – Love$ick12. Birdz – Sunset Dreaming (Djapana Remix)13. Aurora – Teardrop 14. Big Scary – Come As You Are15. Winston Surfshirt – 21 Questions16. Kasabian – Insane In The Brain17. Middle Kids – Don’t Dream It’s Over18. Tash Sultana – Electric Feel
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Since its inception in 1962, The Australian Ballet has had a rich history of capturing its best performances on film. The Heritage Collection compiles some of the greatest of these iconic productions in a deluxe 8 DVD box set – perfect for avid collectors and lovers of ballet alike.The Heritage Collection comprises complete performances from the company during the 1980s and 90s under the artistic leadership of Maina Gielgud, from her very own productions of The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, to Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée – featuring current Australian Ballet Artistic Director David McAllister in the principal role of Colas, alongside one of Australia’s most popular ballerinas, Fiona Tonkin.Featuring:Maina Gielgud’s production of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (1984)Maina Gielgud’s production of GISELLE (1986)Frederick Ashton’s production of LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE (1989)George Ogilvie and Peggy van Praagh’s production of COPPÉLIA (1990)László Seregi’s production of SPARTACUS (1990)Ronald Hynd’s production of THE MERRY WIDOW (1993)Graeme Murphy’s production of NUTCRACKER – THE STORY OF CLARA (1994)Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s production of MANON (1995) 
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The album “COMING YOUR WAY” follows on from McAlister’s successful second solo album Black Sky, and brilliant group collaboration and #1 Country Album hit, Adam Brand & the Outlaws.The album see’s Drew enlist the help of LA/Sydney-based producer, Andy Mak from Grove Studios, to achieve a progressive, modern country sound.The title track, “COMING YOUR WAY” is a rousing anthem that inspires and motivates everyone to look brightly into the future.
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Paddy McHugh shoots from the hip, doesn’t pull punches.His song writing is honest and true, tales of life in Australia told by a man who’s grown up in same, as raw and real as the country in which he took his first steps.McHugh comes from the Paul Kelly school of song writing in that simplicity is key and everyday life makes the best stories.“I know there are many reasons why people listen to and enjoy music… but for me, the style of music that I wanted to make, honesty was paramount,” he explains. “It had to be about something that I knew about, or cared about.”These stories are then set to a musical score that both throbs with a visceral power, and gently pulsates with a calmness and tranquillity. From the almost anthemic nature of ‘Down To Sydney’, with its electric build, to the gentle rocking of ‘Rita’, McHugh pulls it all together with a quiet aplomb.Honesty is at its core, everyday life its muse, Paddy McHugh the master of it all.
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“Every road trip needs a playlist, doesn’t it? Well you’ve got ours in your hand. This is what we came up with for the best music to accompany the hours of driving on the dusty highway.”In September 2017, ABC Classic FM’s Russell Torrance takes the trip of a lifetime, travelling thousands of kilometers across Australia with his wife Lauren and their dog Wolfy. In this new album, he presents the musical accompaniment he’s selected for his journey: his favourite classical music, including introducing us to some rarely heard gems, alongside tracks by Australian composers inspired by the land he crosses (Darwin to Sydney via Alice Springs, Adelaide and country Victoria).Russell has themed his collection around two moods:“‘Windows Up’ is for those moments of contemplation, the road shimmering ahead, the horizon barely visible in the glare, big landscapes everywhere you look. You’ve got some sublime Mozart and Philip Glass for that bit. The opening of the Gorecki Three Pieces in an Olden Style is one of my favourites – languid and meditative, just the thing to give you a clear head for your drive.“‘Windows Down’ – well that’s the opposite. It’s when you want to let it rip, crank the volume and give a music lesson to the crows and flies. Give ‘em some Grieg, Shostakovich and Ravel.”Russell will be broadcasting on ABC Classic FM throughout his trip; for more details visit www.abc.net.au/classic
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Combining the charm of the original with a little 21st-century technical magic, the new series also features several new elements and songs to delight the latest generation of Teletubby devotees. “Tiddlytubbies Songtime” introduces Mi-Mi, Daa Daa, Baa, Ping, RuRu, Nin, Duggle Dee and Umby Pumby, the Tiddlytubbies, baby Teletubbies. Take a drive with your friends; the “Tubby Car Song” plays as the Tubbys venture out into TeleTubbyland. “Vroom, vroom! Honk, honk! Sing a song”.
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Led by charismatic frontwoman and primary songwriter Lizzie Mack, The Soul Movers are a supergroup of sorts, featuring twoARIA Hall of Fame inductees, guitarist Murray Cook (The Wiggles) and keyboardist Pip Hoyle (Radio Birdman). Originally formed by Lizzie in conjunction with Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman), the group has evolved over the years, with the line-up including original bass player Andy Newman and drummer Darren Ryan, coming together to record Testify!Keeping it in the family, the album was recorded at the legendary Hot Potato Studios, and features cameos other luminaries including Jeff Fatt (The Wiggles, The Cockroaches) and Amanda Brown (The Go-Betweens).The band’s sound encapsulates the essence of retro soul, filtered through a contemporary lens, in the vein of iconic contemporary artists such as Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Amy Winehouse. Lead single ‘Fool I Am’, is a classic 60’s-inspired pop tune about the lure of love.“To testify means to show evidence of something you believe in and hold to be true. So here is our experience; how we live, we love, we wonder, we question and we survive. Testify! is indeed our musical proof,” – Lizzie Mack (feel free to change this quote) Having toured internationally earlier in the year to North America, including performances at SXSW, the band will be returning to play in Europe in 2018. More recently they have been performing sold-out shows in Sydney and now unveil a series of new live show dates.
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One of the most loved programs ever produced and broadcast by the ABC, Countdown spanned 13 years from 1974-1987 and provided the soundtrack to an entire generation of Australians. Regarded as one of the world’s all-time great music shows, it influenced a generation of Australians, and kick-start the careers of some of the world’s great musical artists. Returning to its original Countdown timeslot, Classic Countdown will launch on Sunday 17 September at 6pm on ABC TV, airing 13 one-hour episodes over consecutive weeks.Joining the tribute, ABC Music are proud to present Classic Countdown, a massive 4CD collection and digital album featuring the biggest and most influential hits from the iconic original series including classic tracks from ABBA, Skyhooks, Iggy Pop, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Cold chisel, John Farnham , and many, many more. Unashamedly nostalgic and playful, Classic Countdown will celebrate the explosion in youth culture and Aussie music that was the driving force of the show’s success.Watch the show on iview now: http://ab.co/Countdowniview Track Listing:CD 1: 1975-791. Countdown – Countdown Theme2. John Paul Young – Yesterday’s Hero3. Abba – Waterloo4. Skyhooks – Horror Movie5. Stevie Wright – Guitar Band6. Hush – C’mon We’re Taking Over7. Marty Rhone – Denim & Lace8. Marcia Hines – From The Inside9. Bay City Rollers – I Only Want To Be With You10. Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing11. Ted Mulry Gang – Jump In My Car12. Sherbet – Howzat13. Supernaut – I Like It Both Ways14. Jon English – Hollywood Seven15. Little River Band – Help Is On Its Way16. The Ferrets – Don’t Fall In Love17. Graham Parker & The Rumour – Don’t Ask Me Questions18. The Two-Man Band – Up There Cazaly19. Rose Tattoo – Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw20. Cheap Trick – Dream PoliceCD 2: 1979-811. Countdown – Countdown Theme2. Cold Chisel – Breakfast At Sweethearts3. The Angels – Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?4. Iggy Pop – I’m Bored5. Mi-Sex – Computer Games6. The Sports – Don’t Throw Stones7. Australian Crawl – Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama8. The B-52’s – Rock Lobster9. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Kiss On My List10. The Police – Walking On The Moon11. Ramones – Rock ‘N’ Roll High School12. The Scientists – Last Night13. Ian Dury and the Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick14. Adam & The Ants – Antmusic15. Men At Work – Down Under16. Joe Dolce – Shaddap You Face17. Mondo Rock – Cool World18. Simple Minds – Love Song19. The Reels – Quasimodo’s DreamCD 3: 1981-841. Countdown – Countdown Theme2. The Church – The Unguarded Moment3. The Cure – Primary4. Devo – Whip It5. Duran Duran – My Own Way6. Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance7. Goanna – Solid Rock8. The Go-Betweens – Cattle And Cane9. Moving Pictures – What About Me?10. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart11. Haysi Fantayzee – Shiny Shiny12. Kids In The Kitchen – Change In Mood13. Pat Wilson – Bop Girl14. Sharon O’Neill – Maxine15. Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting16. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun17. Elton John – Kiss The Bride18. Eurogliders – Heaven (Must Be There)19. The Saints – ImaginationCD 4: 1985-871. Countdown – Countdown Theme2. a-ha – Take On Me3. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World4. The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down5. Nik Kershaw – Wide Boy6. The Hooters – And We Danced7. Boom Crash Opera – Hands Up In The Air8. GANGgajang – Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia)9. Hunters & Collectors – Say Goodbye10. John Farnham – You’re The Voice11. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – We Love You12. Wa Wa Nee – Sugar Free13. Painters and Dockers – Nude School14. Pseudo Echo – A Beat For You15. Rockmelons – Rhymes16. Redgum – Roll It On Robbie17. Swing Out Sister – Breakout18. The Chantoozies – Witch Queen19. The Cockroaches – She’s The One20. Noiseworks – Take Me Back
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‘Lux Aeterna’ – ‘eternal light’ – the struggle of light and darkness: an ancient concept, inspiring music-making for centuries.The new album from Australian composer Paul Stanhope brings this search for light into the present day, setting texts from across cultures and ages: Arabic poetry, Old Testament verses, liturgical chants, and present-day words from Australia and South America. By turns elegiac and urgent, serene and rapturous, Lux Aeterna lives out themes of optimism, humanity and empathy.Stanhope’s music is recorded here with the choir he has collaborated with over the past decade, Sydney Chamber Choir, resulting in a uniquely satisfying depth of understanding of Stanhope’s musical language and the text which he sets.About Paul StanhopePaul Stanhope is an award-winning Sydney-based composer, former Musical Director of Sydney Chamber Choir and currently a Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Previous releases on the ABC Classics label include Songs for the Shadowland – an album of song cycles for combinations of voices and instruments. About Sydney Chamber ChoirFormed in 1975, Sydney Chamber Choir, under founding director Nicholas Routley, quickly established itself among Australia’s finest performers of Renaissance choral music, especially the works of Josquin des Prez. The Choir was also a pioneer in revitalising performances of Baroque masterpieces by Bach and Handel. At the same time, it began a program of commissioning new music from Australian composers – a tradition which flourished under the leadership of the Choir’s second Musical Director, Paul Stanhope, and continues to the present day, with 20 world premieres in the past ten years.TRACKLISTINGPAUL STANHOPE (1969–)1. Fiant Luminaria2. Agnus Dei / Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep3. Lux Aeterna4. Ubi Caritas5. Lament to Saint Cecilia6. The Land Is Healed. Ban.garay!Exile Lamentations – Three Choruses7. Eykhah8. Deserts of Exile9. Lament10. Cherubic HymnSydney Chamber ChoirPaul Stanhope conductor